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Vermonters warned not to feed bears

ORLEANS — Vermont Fish & Wildlife wardens and biologists are receiving reports of hungry bears getting into trash containers as well as raiding bird feeders, beehives, and chicken houses. “Human conflicts involving bears are increasing this spring,” said Chief Game Warden Jason Batchelder. Vermont’s wardens say they are responding to events involving bears in search… Keep Reading

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“Rumors” keeps audiences laughing during QNEK’s opening weekend at the Haskell

DERBY LINE — QNEK Productions, the award-winning international theatre company in residence at the historic Haskell Opera House, opened its 24th season over the weekend with the uproarious Neil Simon farce, “Rumors.” The show features a stellar cast from both sides of the border. Mike Desjardins, Alan Franklin, Kim Gannon, Phil Gosselin, Mary Hoadley, Sue… Keep Reading

Monique Hilliker and son Dominic, a student at North Country Union Junior High School, both attended the ATV safety training course.

North Country Hospital and VASA team up in the name of ATV safety

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital, Safe Kids Vermont and VASA, Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association, held a half day classroom training on April 23 to teach local youth the importance of safe riding and following the rules when riding ATVs. Trained instructors from VASA conducted the four-hour training, and students even enjoyed a visit from local… Keep Reading

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American Legion in Orleans broken into Saturday morning

ORLEANS — Someone broke into the American Legion in Orleans early Saturday morning. Police say they were dispatched to the scene after an alarm went off at around 1:18 a.m. The Orleans Fire Department observed a window was broken when they arrived at the building. A witness told police that they saw a gold colored… Keep Reading

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Dental Therapists Bill passes Vermont House 109-32

MONTPELIER — The House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to the Dental Therapists bill (s.20) today with a vote of 109-32. The bill would create a new mid-level position in the dental profession. Like the nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants who handle routine medical care, dental therapists would be able to do routine dental care,… Keep Reading

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Gubernatorial candidate Peter Galbraith visits Newport

NEWPORT — On Wednesday, Gubernatorial candidate Peter Galbraith spent the afternoon speaking to Newport residents about the impact of the alleged fraud in the region committed by politically connected developers. Galbraith visited the Renaissance Block, the giant hole in the middle of Main Street, that was supposed to include shops, offices and a hotel as… Keep Reading

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Jeep plunges into Connecticut River in Lemington

LEMINGTON – A man crashed his Jeep into the Connecticut River in Lemington early Saturday morning. Police responded to the single-vehicle crash on RT 102 at approximately 12:07 a.m. They identified the driver as Cody Perrault, 25, from Guildhall. According to police, Perrault failed to negotiate a corner causing his 2010 Jeep Wrangler to smash… Keep Reading


Violent fugitive caught in Newport

NEWPORT — A fugitive wanted by the State of Vermont for Escape, was picked up last Friday in Newport by the U.S. Marshals Service. Dennis Rose, 30, of Brooklyn, New York, was arrested late in the day on April 8, 2016. Rose was wanted by the State of Vermont, Department of Corrections, Burlington Probation and… Keep Reading

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Planning Commission to hold April 28 hearing on Irasburg town plan

IRASBURG — Members of the Irasburg planning commission welcome Irasburg residents to a public hearing on the adoption of a proposed town plan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at the Irasburg Town Hall. “We’re looking for a good turnout,” said Planning Commission Chair Michael Sanville. “We’d like the opportunity to share our progress… Keep Reading

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Stenger and Quiros charged with running “Ponzi-like” scheme

NEWPORT — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against Jay Peak Resort and related businesses allegedly misusing millions of dollars raised through investments solicited under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.   The SEC’s case was unsealed today in federal court in Miami, and the court has appointed a… Keep Reading


Pigs killed during barn fire in Troy

TROY – A fire broke out Sunday night at 3490 Loop Road, in Troy. The incident occurred at around 8:10 p.m. When firefighters arrived they discovered a small barn fully engulfed in flames. Crews were able to successfully keep the fire from spreading to another nearby barn, but the structure was fully involved and police… Keep Reading


Early morning crash in Barton leaves 25-year-old woman injured

BARTON — An early morning crash in Barton this morning left a 25-year-old woman seriously injured. Danielle Cochran, 25, of West Burke, was taken to North Country Hospital and later transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock to be treated for her injuries. Police say they were notified at around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday morning that a vehicle was off… Keep Reading

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Community National Bank hosting online business workshop in Derby

DERBY – The Vermont Small Business Development Center and Community National Bank (CNB) have joined together to host a public workshop series called “Online Business Done Right the First Time,” that will present information about website construction and targeting online marketing strategies for small business owners. This workshop will be held at CNB’s main office… Keep Reading


Two vehicle crash on Route 5 in Derby

DERBY — A 54-year-old woman from Derby was taken to the hospital this morning after an accident that took place on Route 5 in Derby. The crash happened at around 11:30 a.m. Police say that Lynn Pion was transported to North Country Hospital for evaluation after being hit by another vehicle that was turning out… Keep Reading


Over 100 gallons of maple syrup stolen in Craftsbury

CRAFTSBURY — Police are investigating a burglary that took place in Craftsbury over the weekend, where over 100 gallons of maple syrup was stolen. The burglary took place at 921 Guy Lot Road. Authorities say the incident occurred sometime between Saturday afternoon, and Monday morning. The syrup belonged to Paul Ryan and Marvin Ryan. Police… Keep Reading


Garage fire in Barton Tuesday afternoon

BARTON — A home in Barton is still standing thanks to the work of local firefighters, after a garage fire broke out on Tuesday. The incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. at a home owned by Mark LaCoss on New Dublin Lane. Local firefighters responded to battle the blaze, working to keep the fire… Keep Reading

MAC Center for the Arts works with local school

COVENTRY — The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative recently participated in the creative adventures at Coventry Elementary School called “Dabble Day,” sponsored by Building Bright Futures with the support of area businesses and organizations. Children up to the second grade and their favorite adult companions were invited to enjoy a day filled with activites. Many youngsters “dabbled”… Keep Reading

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